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As the Academy celebrates 85 years of great films at the Oscars on February 24th, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is set to take movie fans on the ultimate studio tour with the 2013 edition of 31 Days Of Oscar®. Under the theme Oscar by Studio, the network will present a slate of more than 350 movies grouped according to the studios that produced or released them. And as always, every film presented during 31 Days Of Oscar is an Academy Award® nominee or winner, making this annual event one of the most anticipated on any movie lover’s calendar.
As part of the network’s month-long celebration, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has graciously provided the original Academy Awards® radio broadcasts from 1930-1952. Specially chosen clips from the radio archives will be featured throughout TCM’s 31 Days Of Oscar website.
Hollywood was built upon the studio system, which saw nearly ever aspect »
- Michelle McCue
With the impending release of MGM’s 1952 classic musical romp Singin’ In The Rain on Special Edition Blu-ray HeyUGuys were invited to witness the most recent translation of the movie masterpiece onto the West End Stage.
I had heard that Singin’ In The Rain The Musical is excellent; originally arriving in London in the early 1980s and enjoying various revamps and relative popularity between then and 2012. However I must point out now that I am a die-hard fan of 1940s and 50s Hollywood musical comedies. I was 9 years old when Leonardo DiCaprio became the poster boy for tweenage sexual awakening in Romeo + Juliet and Titanic but thanks to Rock Hudson, Carey Grant and Howard Keel, I just didn’t get it. Consequently I arrived at the Palace Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue feeling optimistic for the evening’s performance but fairly certain of one thing: there is only one Gene Kelly. »
- Rebecca-Jane Joseph
Moving from the Chichester Festival Theatre, in February of this year, Singin’ In The Rain has found a welcoming home in the charming Palace Theatre. They put on a terrific show, featuring all the well-known hits including ‘Good Morning’, ‘Make ‘em Laugh’ and ‘Moses Supposes’, plus some extra songs effortlessly merged into this revival run. The show stars Adam Cooper as Don Lockwood, Daniel Crossley as Cosmo Brown and Scarlett Strallen as Kathy Selden.
While Singin’ In The Rain lead Adam Cooper may not quite hit the perfect charm of legendary talent Gene Kelly as Lockwood, his portrayal is unquestionably exciting. Cooper really finds the essence of the original as the production develops, his version of the title song is flawless, but he often appears more comfortable in the bigger dance set pieces.
There’s a rain-soaked stage as that song begins to play and it really did give me shivers. »
- Dan Bullock
It seems nothing is safe in Hollywood, not even seminal masterworks like The Wizard of Oz, as Warner Bros. has just announced that they plan to re-release the 73-year-old classic (and its little dog too) with an added dimension next year.
From a standpoint of pure curiosity, it may be interesting to see the results of having a film from 1939 presented in 3D as up until now the oldest post-production conversion was 1991’s Beauty and the Beast from earlier this year, though that, of course, is an animated feature and is something very different from a live action attempt.
Warner Bros. chalks up this re-release to the unveiling of its “Anniversary initiative” which includes the release of seven new classic collections – The Jazz Singer, »
- Simon Brookfield
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has unveiled some impressive plans for next year's 90th anniversary celebration of the studio.
First up "The Wizard of Oz" will get a 3D treatment next year for both a theatrical re-release and a new 3D Blu-ray disc release. Also on the way are gigantic 100-film DVD and 50-film Blu-ray collections featuring multiple Best Picture Oscar winners.
There's also a 40-film Clint Eastwood DVD collection with a documentary on the actor and filmmaker. It's being called the largest film collection devoted to a single actor and director in the history of the business.
Plenty of classic titles will make the jump to Blu-ray including "The Jazz Singer," "Cabaret," "Grand Hotel," "Mrs. Miniver," "Driving Miss Daisy" and their James Dean trilogy of "East of Eden," "Rebel without a Cause" and "Giant". »
- Garth Franklin
Warner Bros. announced today that the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz will be fully restored and converted into 3D, as a part of the studio's 90th Anniversary celebration next year. The film is currently being restored and will be released on Blu-ray 3D in either September or October of next year. The studio also announced a number of massive Blu-ray and DVD collections to celebrate their diverse catalog. Take a look at the studio's 90th Anniversary logo, and then read the full press release for more details.
One of the most respected, diversified and successful motion picture studios in the world, Warner Bros. began when the eponymous brothers - Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack - incorporated on April 4, 1923. Four years later, the release of The Jazz Singer, the world's first "talkie," set a tone of innovation and influence that would forever become synonymous with the Warner Bros. brand. Soon to be 90, Warner Bros. »
Warner Bros. has announced that The Wizard of Oz is undergoing a special restoration and conversion into 3D as part of its impressive 90th anniversary celebration slate, which includes the release of several Best of Warner Bros. film collections, documentaries and other special Home Entertainment releases from its extensive library. Read on for details…
Video: Watch: 'Oz The Great and Powerful' Trailer
In addition to the surprise announcement that the 3D edition of The Wizard of Oz, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, would arrive in the autumn of 2013, Warner Bros unveiled its brand-new 90th Anniversary logo.
At a special press event on Wednesday, they detailed several new home entertainment releases coming in 2013 including The Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film Collection on DVD and 50 Film Collection on Blu-ray; several 20 Film Collections on DVD in five major genres: Best Pictures, Musicals, Romance, Comedy and Thrillers; The Best of Warner Bros. Animation Collections -- Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and »
Collider was in attendance this morning at a press event in Burbank where Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group celebrated their 90th anniversary* (*technically the company turns ninety on April 4th, 2013) by unveiling their new 90-year logo and announcing a slate of new Blu-ray and DVD transfers. However the biggest surprise was an announcement that they’re currently working on a special restoration and conversion of the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz from 2D to 3D. The new 3D edition of The Wizard of Oz will hit shelves everywhere sometime next year in September or October. Also announced this morning, two new documentaries on working at the Warner’s Lot, a 100 DVD Collection of the Best Films from Warner Brothers and a 50 Blu-ray Collection of the Best Films from Warner Brothers, among others. For the full press release, a list of just what movies are included in the 50/100 film sets, a trailer for the sets, »
- Tommy Cook
One of the most respected, diversified and successful motion picture studios in the world, Warner Bros. began when the eponymous brothers – Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack — incorporated on April 4, 1923. Four years later, the release of The Jazz Singer, the world’s first “talkie,” set a tone of innovation and influence that would forever become synonymous with the Warner Bros. brand. Soon to be 90, Warner Bros. continues to entertain the world with films passionately produced, selectively acquired, carefully preserved and impeccably curated for both the casual and ultimate movie lover to enjoy forever. As a result of all the films the studio has produced, co-produced (with numerous partners), acquired and distributed, Warner Bros. now boasts the largest film library in the world – 6,800 »
- Pietro Filipponi
A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre releases for July.
Twins of Evil (1971) Synapse Blu-ray/DVD combo Available Now
One of the greatest Hammer horror films ever made. This stylish, sexy vampire tale revolves around two orphaned twin sisters (Playboy centerfold models Mary and Madeleine Collinson) who are sent to live with their uncle (Peter Cushing), the leader of a witch-hunting sect. When one of the twins is turned into a vampire by a devil-worshipping Count (Damien Thomas), she attempts to keep her new life a secret from her sister and their puritanical uncle. Directed by John Hough (whose eclectic genre career included Disney's Escape to Witch Mountain), Twins of Evil showcases Hammer at its "R-rated" best. This new Synapse release features an all-new 1080p high definition transfer and several exclusive extras, including:
- Bradley Harding
Still drifting with the time machine of Il Cinema Ritrovato, I can profoundly feel the endlessness of the medium. Though this is supposedly a journey through the past, as Henri Langlois points out, it also indicates our very future. In this regard, at least to me, Raoul Walsh is the future and cinephilia is nothing but shaping our future by returning to the rich heritage of the moving images.
Raoul Walsh’s anti-vengeance Distant Drums (1951), starring Gary Cooper and set in Florida in 1840, is about a journey of professional soldiers and ordinary people through the dangerous Everglades, only to discover at the end that the promised land they are searching for is burnt down to the ground. As one can expect from a Walsh film, they stay on the land and fight, man-to-man. There is no room for self-pity or sentimentalism, and the journey itself becomes a metaphor for self-discovery »
If, like Woody Allen, you find that one of life's greatest pleasures is watching old movies in the afternoon, you'll be pleased to hear that Park Circus have completed a deal with Warner Bros to bring more of their classic works back to cinema screens. Alongside the likes of The Jazz Singer, Mildred Pierce and A Clockwork Orange are films by other companies that Warner Bros now control, such as The Shawshank Redemption and My Own Private Idaho.
Since Park Circus started out in 2003, digitally restoring damaged prints, they've seen a rapid growth in the market for classic re-releases. This corresponds with shifting demographics as more older people make cinema a regular part of their lives, but there are also large numbers of young people enthusiastic about the chance to see famous works the way they were intended. "The market just keeps getting bigger and bigger," said Park Circus representative. »
- Jennie Kermode
There have been a lot of talk about the upcoming "Gravity" sci-fi film (to be released on November 21st), that's directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), and stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. The cast is incredible, the plot is intriguing, and some of the filming techniques used have been called ground-breaking. And just recently, "Gravity" invited random people for a test screening. Special effects weren't fully finished, but the movie was all there. But before we get to the reviews, check out the plot synopsis to get an idea of what the movie is about. Plot: Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone.tethered to »
If you visit this site regularly, then you know Alfonso Cuaron‘s Children of Men follow-up, the sci-fi epic Gravity, is personally my most-anticipated film of the year. Details are sparse on the project, but we do know it follows Sandra Bullock as “the lone survivor of a space mission to repair the Hubble telescope who desperately tries to return to Earth and reunite with her daughter.” George Clooney is also thrown in the mix as a fellow astronaut. We also know that Cuaron shot solely in a studio and pre-visualized the entire film, which contains many single takes up to 17 minutes long, by placing the actors inside this already created environment entirely in post-production.
It sounds like a big gamble, but the pay-off may be just as great, as first impressions have begun to roll in from a test screening this week in La. As with any test screening impressions, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Myrna Loy Q&A Pt.2: Political Activism, Hollywood blacklist While doing research on Myrna Loy and her times, was there anything that came as a shock to you? Any major difficulties while trying to uncover aspects of Loy's life and career? Was there a "most enjoyable" area of research? Or perhaps a "least enjoyable"? I sometimes felt frustrated by Loy's success in covering her tracks. I longed for more revelations, but her step-granddaughter Deb Hornblow warned me when I first got going on this book that it was going to be tough to find original material that was going to unlock secrets. Also, time has passed, and most of those closest to her are not around any more. Most enjoyable to me was watching Myrna Loy movies. She was a really terrific actress, a natural, without formal training or a background in theater, who had a grace, intelligence and »
- Andre Soares
Limitations are a creative’s best friend. When there is the freedom to do absolutely anything, how are you supposed to make a decision to pick just one thing? The idea of endless possibility excites imagination, but it doesn’t help to narrow decisions down to something tangible. While possibilities are endless, it is still possible for things to be perfect. And, in filmmaking terms, that makes for difficulties in attempting to tell an actual story.
There’s been an interesting trend recently in self-imposed limitations on films via their sound. We take sound in films for granted. Since The Jazz Singer in 1927, audiences have experienced their cinema with natural sound, spoken dialogue and atmospheric music. With The Artist taking home the bulk of the awards at the Oscars, the incredible mo-cap work put into Andy Serkis’s rendition of Caesar (and all of the other monkey performers) in Rise of the Planet of the Apes »
- Mike Histon
I grew up believing that the sun rose and set on Jerry Lewis; in fact, one of the first movies I remember seeing in a theater was his initial solo comedy feature, The Delicate Delinquent. I was six years old, a perfect age to discover “that kid,” as Jerry called his alter ego. So needless to say, it was a kick to share a stage with him last week at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, to mark the DVD release of his 1959 TV production, The Jazz Singer, by Inception Media. When you think about it, there is hardly a medium he hasn’t conquered: theater, nightclubs, radio, television, movies, and comic books. He and Dean Martin even made a movie in 3-D, almost...
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- Leonard Maltin
There were no spoken words, vibrant colours, impressive special effects, sophisticated plotlines or indeed anything at all that audiences expect in a modern film, and that was all very much in its favour as The Artist emerged triumphant at the 2012 Baftas.
The French silent film had been the bookies' favourite to sweep all before it and it did not disappoint, winning seven awards including best film, best director, best original screenplay, original music, best costume design, best cinematography.
The Artist's tally of Baftas equalled the number given to The King's Speech last year and Slumdog Millionaire in 2009. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid still holds the record with nine, followed by The Killing Fields with eight.
- Mark Brown
HollywoodNews.com: The founders of the now infamous Academy were a motley crew as individuals, but when they first converged in Hollywood, then just a small town with dirt roads, sparks flew and fueled a common dream: to bring artistic validity to their beloved new medium.
Today, movies are so ingrained in our culture it is hard to imagine a time when former cowpunchers, prospectors, vaudevillians, even junk dealers made up the rules as they went along. Prohibition and the Great Depression were keeping everyone on edge, and the business was rife with murders and drug scandals. Something had to happen. And so on January 11th, 1927, thirty-six members of Hollywood’s elite and not-so-elite came together at the behest of MGM chief Louis B. Mayer. From Cecil B. DeMille to Mary Pickford, Harry M. Warner, who owned a bike shop before launching the revolutionary “talkie” The Jazz Singer, even Joseph M. »
Multiplatform Deal Secures Deep Collection of Film Product For Premium Channels, On-Demand And Online Services Recent Releases “Conan The Barbarian,” “Abduction,” “Margin Call,” “Red State” Will Air For The First Time on Starz; “Saw” and “Tyler Perry” Franchises, “Precious,” “Rambo,” “3:10 To Yuma,” “Monster’s Ball,” and “The Blair Witch Project” Highlight Other Top Titles
The comprehensive new agreement is Lionsgate’s first long-term library deal with Starz Entertainment and will provide a significant supply of quality movie programming across all platforms for the Starz, Encore, and Movieplex premium channels, in addition to the related HD, On Demand, HD On Demand, and online advanced services.
The 500+ movies include dozens of recent Lionsgate releases, with many airing for the first time on the Starz Entertainment premium channels and services. »
- Michelle McCue
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